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of funerals in newtown, connecticut. today the families of jessica rekos and james mattioli laid to rest. some still grieving and others still on edge, students returned to school today for the first time since last week's massacre. heartache and hard good-byes for residents of the small connecticut community. >> they are trying to work through the difficulty of burying more than would dozen innocent victims. nbc's jay gray joins us now live from newtown with the latest today. jay? >> reporter: you are absolutely right. another rough day here as you have described today. first graders from sandy hook elementary gathering to bury two more of their classmates while students at other schools here went back to class for the first time since the tragedy. the pain of saying good-bye has become a part of every day now in newtown. this grieving community buried two more first graders today. jessica rekos loved horses and asked santa for cow girl boots and a hat for christmas. a first born, she liked to plan and organize so much her family called her their ceo. james mattioli, nicknamed jay, loved spor
gray has the latest from newtown. >> reporter: good evening, pat and jim. every day seems to bring more difficult tasks. today this grieves community greatered for what may be the toughest, the first two of 26 emotional good-byes. four days ago is when the unthinkable happened here. now this heartbroken community begins a seemingly unbearable task. today the first two of 20 young children were laid to rest. 6-year-old noah pozner described as larger than life, and a family that includes a twin sister who escaped the gunfire. jack pinto was a determined athlete and avid sports fan, a love that helped to shape this card given to friends at hits funeral. as the painful work of burying begins, the meticulous investigation continues. >> the answers are for the poor victims, the families, the people of connecticut, that need to know and see a clear picture to exactly what happened here. >> reporter: police say sandy hook elementary will remain a locked-down crime scene for months. today crews pulled furniture from the unaffected classroom moving it to a school in a neighboring town, though it
in newtown, connecticut today, where people gathered to mark the two-week anniversary of the tragedy at sandy hook. clergy from several faiths gathered to offer their words of support and pray for healing. they were joined by a few oth s others. from around the country, donations are still pouring into newtown as americans try to offer comfort, but as alana gold reports, so much has been pouring in, that space is running out. >>> there's no end in sight. >> every time we turn around, another truckload of stuff has pulled up. >> reporter: boxes filled with donations from across the country are taking over this warehouse. >> louisiana, texas, florida, i think we've seen just about every state. >> reporter: people started sending them right after the shootings at sandy hook, an the stacks are getting higher by the hour. because there are so many donations here, the town hasn't even started to figure out how they'll be divided up or where they'll even good to. >> look to give it to the kids first, take what they want, but we don't know. we're just busy taking it all in. >> reporter: there's no s
-gun group organized the del trace. we look at the timing and necessity of the event. >> since the newtown shooting, many have been questioning what can be done to better protect children or prevent another mass shooting like the one we saw two weeks ago. when you want the police, it 20, 40 minutes away. >>> he says people should be able to protect themselves. >> we're obviously vulnerable. we should feel safe. >> reporter: safety aside, some are taking issue with the timing of this event with whether it was held too soon after the shooting. >> such a tragedy of such magnitude, it's hard to figure out what's right. >>> others are uncomfortable with the ideas of guns or other violent weapons. >> i think it's very scary that it's come to that point. >>> to question whether the simulation is an accurate representation of what could happen if you're armed during a shooting, simply because in today's case people knew what to expect. >> i think in real life you'll be caught a bit behind the curveball. >> several lawmakers are proposing gun control bills in response to the newtown shooting. >>> b
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